Statement on right-wing extremist attack on LGBTIQ activists from Vienna

Vienna – According to the latest information, the attack that took place on 18.6 at Gay and Lesbian Pride in Budapest was well planned and prepared for. Those involved were obviously members of the right-wing extremist organization 64 Burgkomitate Youth Movement (HVIM), which organized and registered the counter-demonstration at Oktogon, as well as the representative of Hungary’s right-wing extremist party Jobbik, Gyula Györyg Zagyva, and Jobbik’s lawyer, Andrea Borbély. The right-wing extremist demonstrators had already had violent confrontations with the police during the parade and attempted to disrupt the parade with homophobic and anti-Semitic chants.

Some of the attackers with shirts of the right-wing extremist organization HVIM

Some of the attackers with shirts of the right-wing extremist organization HVIM


The attack following the event just happened to strike the Pride participants from Vienna, who were in the process of leaving the parade, which had been protected by the police and had run smoothly so far. „It was purely coincidental that the participants from Vienna were attacked,“ says Rosa Stern, spokeswoman from the Radical Queer Alliance, which organized the bus from Vienna. „It could have been on anyone, and unfortunately it was not the only assault that took place after the parade.“
The representative of Hungary’s right-wing extremist party Jobbik, Gyula Györyg Zagyva, and Jobbik’s lawyer, Andrea Borbély in the picture left, as well as some of the attackers

The representative of Hungary’s right-wing extremist party Jobbik, Gyula Györyg Zagyva, and Jobbik’s lawyer, Andrea Borbély in the picture left, as well as some of the attackers


In addition to an attack with an irritant spray, which was carried out by two women, there were verbal and gestured threats, such as non-verbal death threats and Nazi salutes by members of 64 Burgkomitate. In spite of the previous attacks, the right-wing extremists posed as victims, and from then on the police treated the group from Vienna as suspects, obviously due to intervention from the Jobbik representative. Jobbik systematically implements this reversal of guilt as a legal strategy.

The Austrian LGBTIQ activists demand the immediate suspension of the investigations against the two accused. „Our solidarity continues with the LGBTIQ activists in Hungary, who are increasingly confronted with assaults like this in their daily lives,“ states Rosa Stern in closing.